Brazil Has Already Slaughtered 34,000 Cattle Due to Foot and Mouth Disease

    Starting yesterday, May 1st, cattle breeders in 14 states and the Federal District (DF) in Brazil are being required to vaccinate their entire herd against foot and mouth disease.

    This is one more phase in the campaign aimed at vaccinating 69% of the Brazilian herd, according to information furnished by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply. The second phase of the campaign in these states will occur in November.

    Ten days ago a new outbreak of foot and mouth disease was detected in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, on a ranch in the municipality of Japorã.

    Two other municipalities, Eldorado and Mundo Novo, have also been quarantined. So far 33,741 animals have been slaughtered in these three municipalities, in which 33 cases of the disease have been identified since last October.

    The campaign is part of the ministry’s National Program for the Eradication of Foot and Mouth Disease. The campaign plans to vaccinate 139.4 million head of Brazil’s total herd of 202.5 million head.

    What follows is a list of the states where the campaign is taking place and the number of animals to be vaccinated in each state:

    1. Goiás: 20.4 million head
    2. Acre: 2.2 million head
    3. Amapá: 76.9 thousand head
    4. Amazonas: 1.3 million head
    5. Federal District: 114.4 thousand head
    6. Maranhão: 5.9 million head
    7. Mato Grosso do Sul: 24.1 million head
    8. Minas Gerais: 11.7 million head (animals under 24 months of age should be vaccinated)
    9. Pará: 17.4 million head
    10. Paraná: 10.2 million head
    11. Piauí­: 1.8 million head
    12. Rondônia: 11.3 million head
    13. São Paulo: 13.6 million head
    14. Sergipe: 972 thousand head
    15 Tocantins: 7.9 million head



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